“Best Children’s Workshops”

1 of the Top 10 Awesome Birthday Party Places in Toronto

“Makerspace lets kids play to encourage creativity and confidence”

“MakerKids is teaching Toronto children to ‘design the future'”

Who are we? Rated #1 Programs

Designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers).

MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. Thousands of kids have taken our STEM programs in Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. Our Camps, After-School & Weekend Programs and Birthday Parties empower children to be creators, not just consumers.

Who are MakerKids?

Many of our students have started their own businesses, taken on leadership roles at schools and have been featured on national TV! Kids have made robotics inventions, video games and more. Imagine what your child could make?

Space in our programs is limited, so register ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Join a Program All Year Round

Coding – Robotics – Minecraft

After School Programs for Kids Toronto

After School Programs

Interested in Coding, Robotics or Minecraft? In this project-based program, kids will learn technical skills, emotional skills and prototype their own invention. Weekly 2-hour classes.

Next term: Fall 2017

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Birthday Parties for Kids Toronto

Birthday Parties

Looking for a fun and educational party? Have a party at MakerKids! Our parties include 2 hours of fun and can hold up to 32 kids. Create inventions in Minecraft, code a video game or build a robot!

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STEM Programs for Kids Toronto

Weekend Programs

Bring your ideas to life! Kids,will make something amazing, work with others and learn how to design and engineer. Coding, Robotics and Minecraft available. Weekly 2-hour classes.

Next term: Fall 2017

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PA Day for Kids Toronto

PA Days

Spend PA Day with us! Kids will learn a little bit about our 3 core STEM topics. We aim to create a transformative experience for kids to empower them to be creators and discover skills they can use throughout their lives.

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Camps for Kids Toronto

Innovation Camps

Students are immersed in a world of creativity, innovation and real world skills. Kids are introduced to all our three core STEM topics: Robotics, Coding and Minecraft.

Summer camp registration available!

Toronto Camps

My son and I both feel grateful for having found MakerKids. There isn’t anything that compares in the GTA.The teaching staff are extremely professional and engaging with all the kids. My son really feels comfortable to ask all kinds of questions and acts like himself. Great space and positive energy. I highly recommend Makerkids to parents of tech savvy kids.

Heather

This place is awesome. It’s fun to make things, and you can use your imagination a lot. And there’s no right or wrong thing to do.

Ethan, MakerKid

This MakerKid learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Kids come in here not knowing what they can do and they leave with a phenomenal amount of self-confidence, and capability

Rod

My boys flourish here and look forward to it every week. They show social skills improvement and more confidence since coming to MakerKids and finding their “tribe.” Happy children make me a happy and grateful mom. Thanks MakerKids for creating programs for my quirky, “outside the box thinking” boys.

Tammy

Why Choose MakerKids?

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

21st Century Skills

In our kids' STEM programs, your child will learn a wide variety of skills, not just tech skills. Social and emotional competencies: A) confidence B) social skills and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Advanced Curriculum

We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. Programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Real Results

MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Mental Health Improvements

Parents and schools have reported improvements in mental health, behaviour and learning development. Students have overcome issues like aggression, stress and anxiety. Your child can find their tribe at MakerKids!

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Experience

MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more.

The MakerKids Difference

Great Instructors

Our instructors are highly trained and come from various backgrounds, including engineering, theatre, music and design. They have worked at City of Toronto, P&G and YMCA. CEO, Jennifer Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.

Leading Edge Technology

We use leading edge technology used by industry professionals. We use Arduinos, which was used to prototype the Square Reader, in our robotics programs. Kids will work with real coding languages, wires, LEDs and more to create their robotic inventions.

Space to Experiment

Our makerspace is a safe space for kids to experiment. Our instructors are first aid trained, police checked, go through rigorous training and assist lead instructors before teaching. Our mentors are trained to work with different learning abilities and behavioural issues. Kids work in groups, design on and offscreen and have time for games/park.

Our Team and Instructors

Jennifer

Jennifer

CEO

Jennifer attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University. Her career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K), helping build a 3D printer for a music video and launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy.

Graham

Graham

Instructor

Graham has been an instructor for many years, teaching kids at ScienceQuest at Queen’s University, City of Toronto science summer camps, and more.

Thomas

Thomas

Instructor

Thomas is an experienced educator with three years of instruction under his belt and even more years at summer camps and programs. He spends a lot of his time designing and playing games that are on the laptop, table-top and even outdoors!

What happens at MakerKids

Program Info

Ages 8-12
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome

Coding Programs for Kids

Hardware + Software

May include:
Arduino
Ardublock
Stencyl
Scratch
Minecraft

Coding class for kids

What will kids learn?

At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and social and emotional competencies, including: robotics, design, engineering, coding, problem solving and leadership.

Kids STEM workshops

What do kids make?

Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include alarm clocks, Minecraft contraptions, video games, servers, apps and more. Learn something awesome and make new friends!

 

A Note From Our CEO, Jennifer Turliuk

When I was in 6th grade, I was given an enrichment assignment by my English teacher: to make a website for my book report. So at 12 years old, I coded my first website using HTML and drag-and-drop software. After receiving my grade on the project (an A+! Woo hoo!), I put the website aside and forgot about it for a while. But a few months later, my brother came down the stairs one day holding a magazine and saying “Hey Jenn, didn’t you make a website called Jenn’s Harry Potter?”

My site had been featured in a major children’s magazine! And they called it “the most comprehensive Harry Potter image website on the internet”. I logged back onto the site for the first time in months, and saw that it had hundreds of thousands of views! This was an extremely empowering moment for me – it helped me realize that I could make things that many other people could use. The increased confidence that I developed as a result of this experience helped me to get through the bullying I was facing at the time, improve my grades and my dedication to school, and even start some small businesses outside of school, such as a jewelry selling company and a private swimming lessons company.

Later, I went to university and was accepted to a prestigious Graduate Studies Program based at NASA called Singularity University, where we learned about exponential technologies such as 3D printing and robotics and how to apply them to education. Looking back, I realized that the experience that I had when I was 12 years old was pivotal in my life – I actually think that it was the moment I decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I did some research and found studies showing that experiences like this in childhood can have a vast impact on a person’s life and that many other successful professionals and entrepreneurs had similar experiences in their childhood. So I decided that I wanted to help facilitate more experiences like this for more children, to help them realize that they can be creators (not just consumers), and to help them realize their potential.

In the many years that we’ve been running our camps and weekly programs, we’ve seen kids presenting their MakerKids projects on national TV, starting their own businesses with the skills they’ve learned (e.g. one 10-year-old makes, sells and fixes audio speakers in his neighbourhood), and most importantly – improving their confidence, social skills, and engagement at school. I hope your child will join us for an adventure in realizing what’s possible. The teacher who took an interest in me helped show me what I was capable of – and that’s what we’re trying to do for your children, every day.

See you soon.

Jennifer

About Jennifer, CEO MakerKids

Jennifer Turliuk is the founder and CEO of MakerKids, the first and largest makerspace for kids in the world. Jennifer’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, CBS national TV, and more. Her career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K – the most-funded Indiegogo campaign outside the US), helping build a 3D printer for a music video, launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy, being selected as a Startup Chile entrepreneur (as part of a program run by the Government of Chile to foster entrepreneurship locally), creating her own self-education program which involved being 1 of the top 6 finalists in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, leading the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (P&G’s biggest launch in 27 years), running Canada’s largest business plan competition (the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition), writing one of Forbes Greatest Hits articles, speaking on a panel discussion with Peter Thiel (founder of Paypal ), doing a TEDx talk in Spanish, being invited to join MaiTai (a group of pro kiteboarders and entrepreneurs), and DJing for Red Bull. She was selected from amongst thousands to attend the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University, and went to business school at Queen’s University. She has also spoken at MakerCon New York, Maker Faire Rome, and keynoted MakerCon Norway. She was awarded an honorary degree from Humber College for her contributions to society. In her spare time, she does independent marketing and strategy consulting and enjoys salsa dancing, extreme sports (such as kiteboarding), improv, 3D printing, and building electronic creations

Our Background

We’ve had thousands of kids participate in our programs, and tens of thousands at offsite events. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more. We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. MakerKids has been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail. We’ve been invited to speak at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more. Our Board of Advisors includes Massimo Banzi (the CEO of Arduino).

Our Approach

Following the principles of the maker movement, we empower children to learn to make their ideas reality. We use real platforms – in our Robotics program we use Arduino, a microcontroller that was used to prototype the Pebble smartwatch and Square credit card reader. One child made a project that turns on the electronic water heater at his cottage from afar, so it is nice and warm by the time he and his family arrive. If a child asks if we can do something in their project for them, we instead teach them how to do it themselves. From video games to servers, kids get to make awesome things that they can be proud of – and they learn transferable skills that will help them throughout their lives (technical and social and emotional competencies). Parents have reported improved confidence, social skills and engagement at school. MakerKids is a place where kids can feel at home and for them to shine.

Location

We have an amazing space in Bloor West Village (2451 Bloor St W, Toronto – at Jane and Bloor, just south of Jane subway station). We are a nut-free location – please do not bring nuts to our space. We are running summer camps at the York School by St. Clair station and at Ashbury College in Ottawa! We also do programs at schools – contact [email protected] to arrange a program at your school.

 

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